2011 – Rocksmith
Behind The Music: Looks like Ubisoft didn’t get the memo about games utilizing hefty peripherals being supposedly dead in the water: The soon to be released Rocksmith takes the opposite approach, as a music game that’s only playable using real guitars. And yes, we mean the real McCoy; not some pointless piece of plastic styled up to resemble an actual axe, but literally ANY real guitar with a standard quarter-inch jack on the end.
Why It Rocks: Supposedly, Rocksmith automatically adjusts to the player’s skill level, thereby acting as a guitar teacher by offering up challenges appropriate to your actual talent. It sounds great in theory, but whether it works in practice is another matter – the final product has yet to ship, giving you a chance to prep in the meantime as millions traditionally have before, e.g. twanging away poorly to Led Zeppelin covers.
Did You Know… Contrary to Ubisoft’s claims, Rocksmith isn’t the first game capable of using real instruments to interact with the music – that honor went to Power Gig in 2010. You'll find that one in Music Games Rock's "Worst Music Games" section.